International Budget for Saturday, September 22, 2018
Updated at 0000 UTC (8 p.m. U.S. EDT Friday).
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^Captain of capsized Tanzanian ferry arrested as death toll hits 136<
TANZANIA-FERRY-2ND-LEDE:DPA — At least 136 bodies have been recovered from Tanzania’s Lake Victoria after a ferry capsized, and the death toll could rise, President John Magufuli told a local newspaper Friday.
He also told the Citizen that the captain of the ferry has been arrested and that there is reason to believe the captain was not aboard at the time of the accident.
300 (with trim) by Peter Nyanje and Kristin Palitza in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. MOVED
^3-D printed gun crusader Cody Wilson arrested in Taiwan on sexual assault charge<
PRINTEDGUNS-SEXASSAULT:LA — Taiwan authorities have arrested and jailed the owner of a Texas company that sells blueprints for untraceable 3-D printed guns and who is wanted on suspicion of sex with a minor, a Taiwanese immigration agency spokesman said.
The Taiwan National Immigration Agency said Cody R. Wilson was arrested Friday at a Taipei hotel after the U.S. government voided his passport.
Taiwan immigration officials now are “negotiating” with the de facto American embassy in Taipei on how to proceed on deporting Wilson to the United States, a spokesman for the agency said.
600 by Ralph Jennings in Taipei, Taiwan, and Melissa Etehad in Los Angeles. MOVED
^Vietnamese president, who supported closer US ties, dies at 61<
VIETNAM-PRESIDENT:BLO — Vietnam’s President Tran Dai Quang died Friday from a serious illness at a Hanoi military hospital, according to a posting on the government website citing state-run Vietnam News Agency.
“President Tran Dai Quang died today despite the utmost efforts from doctors,” the post said.
Quang, 61, a former minister of public security, was elected president in 2016. He was from the northern province of Ninh Binh and was an advocate of growing the nation’s private sector and developing closer ties with the U.S. He had a Vietnamese doctorate degree in law.
300 by John Boudreau in Hanoi, Vietnam. MOVED
^China ramps up cyberattacks on Taiwan<
TAIWAN-CHINA-CYBERATTACKS:BLO — Taiwan is bracing for an onslaught of cyber attacks from mainland China ahead of local elections in November intended to undermine a president who has defied Beijing’s efforts to bring the democratically ruled island under its control.
China, along with Russia and North Korea, may be increasingly testing out cyber hacking techniques in Taiwan before using them against the U.S. and other foreign powers, according to the Taiwanese government. The tests involve new malware tools mostly used to target government agencies including Taiwan’s foreign and economy ministries, said Howard Jyan, director general of its cyber security department.
850 by John Follain, Adela Lin and Samson Ellis in Taipei, Taiwan. MOVED
^Trump raises doubts about Kavanaugh’s accuser, suggests assault allegations made up by ‘radical left'<
KAVANAUGH-TRUMP-1ST-LEDE:LA — In a Friday morning tweet storm after days of restraint, President Donald Trump intensified the controversy over his embattled Supreme Court nominee, Brett M. Kavanaugh, by expressing doubt about the woman accusing him of attempting to rape her when they were in high school.
Trump portrayed the allegations by Christine Blasey Ford, a research psychologist at Palo Alto University, as part of a partisan effort by Democrats to derail Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
1300 (with trims) by Eli Stokols, Noah Bierman and Jennifer Haberkorn in Washington. MOVED
^Rosenstein proposed secretly recording Trump, reportedly discussed invoking 25th Amendment<
ROSENSTEIN-1ST-LEDE:NY — Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the steward of the special counsel investigation into Russian election interference, proposed wearing a wire to secretly record President Donald Trump last year in order to capture the chaos of his administration and ineptitude of his presidency, a person with direct knowledge of the matter said Friday.
However, the person — whose identity is known to The New York Daily News but spoke on condition of anonymity — said Rosenstein made the proposal facetiously in a meeting with law enforcement officials shortly after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey in May 2017.
950 (with trims) by Chris Sommerfeldt and Denis Slattery. MOVED
^Analysis: Rosenstein removal charges will only deepen Trump-DOJ war<
ROSENSTEIN-ANALYSIS:CON — Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein denies he wanted to record Donald Trump in order to gather enough dirt to remove the president via the 25th Amendment. But that’s not likely to be much solace to a president who is at war with his Justice Department.
1050 by John T. Bennett in Washington. MOVED
^Trump backs down on order to declassify Russia documents<
USRUSSIA-HACKING-RECORDS:LA — President Donald Trump on Friday backed down from his order to declassify certain documents from the Russia investigation, including text messages exchanged among law enforcement leaders.
The decision will likely disappoint conservative House Republicans and media figures who had encouraged the president to release the materials. Some of the president’s allies have insisted the documents would undercut special counsel Robert S. Mueller’s probe into whether Trump’s campaign conspired with Russians during the presidential election.
600 by Chris Megerian in Washington. MOVED
^Trump, undercutting aides, says he’ll focus on Iran in UN meeting<
TRUMP-UN:BLO — President Donald Trump said Friday that the subject of a United Nations Security Council meeting he’ll chair next week will be Iran, undercutting administration officials who have insisted the topic is a broader effort to counter the spread of weapons of mass destruction.
The distinction is important because if the session is focused on Iran, United Nations rules allow Iran to participate in the meeting.
400 by Justin Sink in Washington. MOVED
^Hurricane forecasters are watching out for four tropical systems<
WEA-TROPICALSYSTEMS:MI — After a brutal start to September, when Florence and three other named storms churned across the Atlantic at once, hurricane season is simmering again.
On Friday, National Hurricane Center forecasters were watching four systems with the potential to become tropical depressions or storms, two of which could affect the U.S. While odds remain very low for the disturbance closest to the U.S. and headed for the Windward Islands, a wave rolling off the African coast could blossom into a tropical depression early next week, forecasters said.
600 (with trims) by Jenny Staletovich in Miami. MOVED
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